Grand Teton NP Wetland Technicians

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 31 Mar 2023

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, and Grant Teton NP, WY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16-22/hr, depending on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Are you interested in wetlands or rare plants? Have you ever seen a carnivorous sundew in person? In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is seeking field technicians to collect data in fen wetlands across Grand Teton National Park and surrounding lands. CNHP has created a preliminary map of Grand Teton fens, which are perennially saturated wetlands with organic soils that often support rare plant species, including sundews. Successful applicants will be trained by Wetland Ecologists from CNHP to verify if the mapped polygons are fens and collect detailed vegetation data within each verified fen. Additional data collection will include descriptions of soil properties, hydrology, and surrounding land use. One Crew Lead and one Technician will be hired for the project. The crew will be stationed in Fort Collins, CO and will travel to Grand Teton National Park for four eight-day trips in July and August. Location is negotiable if a candidate is located near Grand Teton National Park. The crew will camp in and around Grand Teton National Park during each eight-day trip. At least two backpacking trips are planned for the summer. The Crew Lead will start in advance of the field season (estimated start date is June 5) to plan field season logistics. The Crew Lead will be responsible for supporting and managing crew safety and wellbeing, coordinating field logistics and scheduling, managing the crew’s equipment, and completing administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the Crew Lead will be responsible for the organization and quality control of all data collected using iPad tablets and occasional paper forms. The Technician will start shortly before field sampling and must be available for six to eight weeks of field work in July and August.
1. Coursework in botany, ecology, natural resources, range management, or related field preferred for all positions. A completed B.S. degree is preferred for all positions and required for Crew Leads. Students encouraged to apply for the technician position. 2. Field experience collecting scientific data, specifically vegetation sampling, soil profile descriptions, water quality sampling, and/or other environmental data is preferred for all positions and required for Crew Leads. 3. Knowledge of wetland ecology and experience working in wetlands and/or riparian areas is preferred. 4. Experience using dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, familiarity with the major plant families, and knowledge of western flora and/or wetland species is preferred for all positions and required for Crew Leads. 5. Experience with aerial photography (Google Earth), navigating with a topographic map, and use of GPS is preferred for all positions and required for Crew Leads. Experience with ArcGIS preferred for Crew Leads, but not required. 6. Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules, travel extensively during the field season, car camp, and hike on steep and rocky terrain for long distances (up to 6+ miles/day) while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40 lbs) required for all positions. 7. Willingness and ability to work with a positive attitude in field conditions that include exposure to inclement weather, rugged terrain, hot or cold weather (30–110° F), mosquitos, and poisonous plants, all while maintaining a strong commitment to team safety required for all positions. 8. Careful attention to detail and strong written and organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms required for all positions. Experience collecting data electronically using tablets or other devices preferred for all positions. 9. Strong oral communication skills for professional interactions with NPS staff and the public required for all positions. 10. A valid driver’s license is required for all positions.
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Joanna Lemly
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